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Saturday, 16 December 2017
CoE participates in Final Year Engineering Projects Exhibition

 

Once again, the Chamber of Engineers participated in the opening ceremony of the Final Year Projects Exhibition of the Faculty of Engineering. 12 projects were shortlisted in the Mechanical and Electrical streams, whilst 8 projects were shortlisted under ICT. The awards were presented by Chamber President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino on the 27th Jun and 11th July respectively, at the University of Malta. All students received a certificate of recognition.

Mark Bonnici won the Mechanical Engineering award, with his project entitled The Development of Environmentally Conscious Cosmetic Packaging through Eco-Design and Design for Manufacture. The Electrical Engineering award went to Andre Micallef with his project on Acquisition and Tracking for UAV Communications. Vincent Emmanuel Farruiga won the ICT award with his project SCENARIO - Setting Crowd Events using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence.

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CoE holds successful Biomedical Engineering Conference

 

The Chamber of Engineers’ recently held its 22nd Annual Conference, entitled Engineering: the Backbone of Healthcare. Held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, this year the theme chosen was bio-medical engineering. The objective of the conference was to provide insight to engineers and other professionals on this ever growing branch of engineering.

The health sector has no doubt made great leaps forward to the well being of people. Little is however mentioned about the engineering knowledge required to put medical science into practice. In this conference, experts in the field swill shed light on some of the technological developments in the field. In Malta, there are various opportunities in which engineers can be involved in bio-medical engineering due to the fact that the field requires the input of other branches of engineering.

Following the welcome speech by Chamber President, Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, the keynote speech was given by Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis, Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Hon. Zammit-Lewis addressed the importance of engineering, particularly in the field of research and development.

The Hon. Zammit Lewis explained that in parallel with the propensity for growth in the biomedical engineering sector, engineering students in Malta are furthering their education at Masters and even Doctoral levels in the subject, thus providing the expertise needed to develop and guide the sector. In this regard, the Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis encouraged the Chamber of Engineers to continue collaborating with our country’s higher education institutions, to ensure that the academic and vocational opportunities to students aspiring for a career in biomedical engineering are relevant to the requirements of this sector.

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Benefit with Alternative Energy & Waste Management - Seminar

The Chamber of Engineers recently organised a seminar on the benefits of alternative energy and waste management. Held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana, the seminar also gave participants the practical implications by presenting various case studies.

The first presentation was given by Mr. Francis Micallef, an industrial chemist. Mr. Micallef covered the concept of waste management, as well as the latest trends, legal responsibilities and the current situation in Malta.

He was followed by Ing. Matthew Spiteri, Director at Altern, who discussed sustainability in industry, Malta’s objectives, and green technologies for industry, details on the legal notice on the feed in tariffs for photovoltaic energy amongst other ways on how to reduce energy consumption.

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Chamber of Engineers elects new council

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DATE: 6 MARCH 2013

The new Chamber of Engineers (CoE) Executive Council for the coming year was elected during the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held at the end of February 2013.

Saviour Baldacchino, Daniel Micallef and Johan Psaila were re-elected while Jason Vella and Neal Borg were elected for the first time. Ray Vassallo, Ray Muscat and Paul Refalo remain on the Council to serve their second term.

This year the CoE introduced voting by post to encourage wider member involvement. As expected, a considerably larger number of members participated by casting their vote to express their preference in selecting their representatives.

During his address, Chamber President Ing. Baldacchino noted with satisfaction the achievements of the Chamber during the past year and highlighted the enhancements made in the governance principles of the Chamber. He made specific reference to the restructuring of the training services division, the increase in membership and the challenges that have to be dealt with by the new council over the coming term. These include a review of quality levels of emerging engineering academic qualifications, updating of the Engineering Act and eligibility for the engineering warrant to maintain the high professional standard which merits today's society and the economy.

He mentioned that during the past years, the Chamber turned its focus on contemporary topics that include the environment, energy alternatives and water challenges. This year it will be focusing on engineering as the backbone of healthcare. The latter is already attracting the attention and interest of peer organisations and exponents from the biomedical engineering sphere.

He thanked the outgoing council and augured that the new Council would build on these efforts to continue to strengthen the voice of the engineering profession with enthusiasm and determination.

 
Successful seminar on basic acoustic concepts, sound behaviour, sound insulation


On 4th January, the Chamber of Engineers held a well attended seminar covering basic acoustic concepts, sound behaviour and sound insulation. The audience were from different sectors, which included engineers, architects, representatives from the University of Malta, importers,  hospitals,  and even the hospitality industry.

In the first part of the seminar, the key speaker, Dr. Benjamin Fenech, covered the fundamentals of sound, measuring sound, sound, noise and health effects, as well as room acoustics. In the second part of the seminar he then discussed acoustic design, environmental noise and planning, and vibration and vibration isolation. At the end of the seminar, the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions.

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